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Congressman Ruben Gallego's Floor Speech on Gov Raul Castro

April 28, 2015

Mr. Speaker,


I rise in strong support of HR 1075. 


I’d like to begin by thanking my good friend Congressman Grijalva for authoring this important legislation. 


Governor Raul Castro was a trailblazing figure in Arizona’s history and renaming the City of Douglas Port of Entry in his honor is a fitting tribute to all that he did for our state and its people.


Mr. Speaker, Governor Castro was the first Mexican American governor in our nation’s history.  He also served as Ambassador to Argentina, Bolivia and El Salvador.


Governor Castro paved the way for a new generation of politically active Latinos and immigrants who followed in his footsteps and fought to make their voices heard.


He played an important role in the history of Arizona and of the Latino rights movement, and we will be forever indebted to him for his work on behalf of our community.


Governor Castro devoted his entire life to public service. He saw that Latinos in Arizona needed a voice, and he accepted the challenge. He worked tirelessly to encourage Hispanics to get involved and participate in our democracy.


Mr. Speaker, Governor Castro is an inspiration to Arizonans and Latinos in public service throughout the country.


Thank you again to Congressman Grijalva for his tremendous work on this legislation and I urge its passage.    


Mr. Speaker I yield back my time.